NEW ORLEANS, La. (August 10, 2011) – The Rutgers men’s track and field was honored for its outstanding academic achievement by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday, Aug. 10. The Scarlet Knights were named to the All-Academic Track and Field Team for the fourth consecutive year.
“It is a great honor for our team to receive this award,” said head men’s track and field coach Mike Mulqueen. “It’s a reflection of the academic support department, Mr. Pernetti's emphasis on academics, and the work the student-athletes put into their studies. With our cross country team being recognized by the BIG EAST for its academics, and having Jeremy Pennino and Steve Werner receive individual All-Academic honors, this award reflects the entire team. I am very proud of their accomplishments."
Rutgers was one of 90 institutions to earn the distinction as a result of a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. In addition to receiving team honors, Jeremy Pennino (Watchung, N.J.), a recent graduate of Rutgers and rising senior, Steve Werner (Newtown Sq., Pa.) were selected to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Teams.
The men’s cross country squad also received the BIG EAST Team Academic Excellence Award as well as USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors, capping off a stellar performance in the classroom as a program.